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Juicy – Fresh Juice in Itaewon **Location Closed**

***Edit: (08/04/2017) – the physical location of this store no longer exists***

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Now that I’m settled into my new apartment, I get to enjoy the neighbourhood! I live dangerously close to a juice bar. And not just a regular “healthy” juice bar, but a cold-pressed, green juice, smoothie bar. The only downside is that I’m pretty sure it isn’t organic. Hopefully the juice trend will pick up in Seoul and the demand will allow for the transition to organic produce.

I first saw Juicy – Artisan Juice on my move in day and was in love with the design of the shop. They have a beautiful painted wall covered in fruits and vegetables. I’ll have to share a photo soon!IMG_0131

When I walked in today, it took me a while to decide which juice to order. This was the first time in Korea that I’ve been able to get true green juice that I have been craving.

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At 7,000 won for the small size and 13,000 for the large, I found the prices comparable to juices in Toronto. Yes, fresh juice is expensive, but it takes a lot of vegetables to produce one cup of liquid. Until I have my own juicer, I’ll occasionally splurge on some of this juice. Expensive juice is better than no juice, right? heheIMG_0141

I think next time I’ll try a smoothie πŸ™‚ Here’s a photo of the menu, a better quality image is available on their website.

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Benefits of Green Juice

Incorporating vegetable juices in the diet is an excellent way to boost your vitamin and mineral intake for the day. What I love about vegetable based juices compared to fruit juices is how they don’t cause a spike in sugar. As a holistic nutritionist, I don’t recommend drinking pure fruit juices. They simply contain too much sugar. Even natural sugars can spike blood sugar when taken in high quantities. Plus, without the fibre, there is nothing to help balance out that spike in blood sugar.IMG_0139

Cold-pressed juices are ideal because the beneficial enzymes contained in the vegetables remain intact. Drinking fresh juice on an empty stomach is best. Since there’s no fibre, or anything solid to be broken down, juice can be absorbed directly through the gut lining into the blood stream. This provides a burst of energy without caffeine.

In my opinion, juice is a great addition to an already healthy, high-qualilty, balanced diet. I would caution against juice cleanses or detoxes without the recommendation and support of a registered health practitioner.

Location

Finding Juicy is easy. From Noksapyeong Station exit 2, walk straight until you reach the underpass. Go down the stairs, crossing under the road, and take the stairs going up on your right. Walk a short distance until you see “Street Churros”. Take a left up this first alleyway, walk about 2 minutes, and you should see the store on the right where the road separates into two streets. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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